NORTH NEWTON – On Tuesday evening, the Central Christian College men's soccer team moved to 3-0 on the year by taking down the Bethel College Threshers, on their home turf, by a score of 3-1. 24 hours later, the Tiger women followed suit, also defeating the Thresher women by the exact same score.
The scoring in the women's game was eerily similar to that of the men the night before. In both games, the Tigers did all of their damage in the opening 45 minutes, taking a 3-0 lead into the halftime intermission. In the second half, the Threshers got on the board, putting a little pressure on the Tigers, but in the end they were able to weather the storm, and hung on for the win.
Charis Ball got the start for the Tigers in goal. She played a full 90 minutes, picking up the win, her second of the season. She face a total of three shots on goal from the Threshers, stopping two of them. The Tigers had a huge advantage in total shots as well as shots on goal. They peppered the Thresher goal to the tune of 15 total shots, placing nine of them on frame.
On this night, all three Tiger goals were scored by freshmen. Lisette Whiteside got things started for the Tigers, scoring in the 27th minute on a pass from fellow freshman Mackenzie Kispert. Just 24 seconds later, Alexa Riddle put the Tigers up 2-0 with an unassisted goal, and it would turn out being the game winner. In the 35th minute of the first half, the Tigers got their third and final goal of the night. It was another unassisted goal, this time from Mariah Godinez.
Central head coach, Scott Fogarty, commented on the Tigers' performance saying, "I'm pleased with the way we came out tonight in the first half. We had intensity on defense and moved the ball with purpose on offense, but for some reason we got away from both of those in the second. Bethel came out physical in the second half and I think we got too comfortable with our lead. We did well to not give them any looks after they got one goal back but I'd prefer not to give up that one goal. We've got to show up for 90 minutes if we're going to reach our potential."
Fogarty lauded the play of Godinez saying, "I thought Mariah stepped up and had a good game, scoring her 1st career goal. But we're still young and figuring out where everyone fits and how to work with one another."
The Tigers will put their three game winning streak on the line on Friday, when they play their home opener against Presentation College. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 pm following the men's game.